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The Most and Least Emotionally Aware Countries

By Dr. Travis Bradberry

Over the course of a day, you experience hundreds of different emotions. While that may sound like an unbelievable number, your emotions are the primary driver of your behavior; they are there whether you are aware of them or not.

The Gallup organization recently asked people around the globe whether they had experienced a set of ten different emotions on the previous day (five positive and five negative). The study’s results reported the percentage of people in each country who experienced all ten emotions. Since humans experience hundreds of emotions each day, you would expect someone who is emotionally aware to recognize that he or she had experienced the full range of emotions on any given day.

Far fewer people experienced the full range of emotions than you might expect. For the most emotionally aware country (the Philippines) only 60% of the population reported experiencing the full range. The least emotionally aware countries averaged just above half that. The following tables show the results from the top fifteen and bottom fifteen countries. At the end of this article, you will find the results for all 151 countries.

Most Emotionally Aware Countries
CountryPercentage of Country’s Population*
Philippines 60
El Salvador 57
Bahrain 56
Oman 55
Colombia 55
Chile 54
Costa Rica 54
Canada 54
Guatemala 54
Bolivia 54
Ecuador 54
Dominican Republic 54
Peru 54
Nicaragua 54
United States 54
*Percentage of the country’s population who said they had experienced the full range of positive and negative emotions on the previous day.
Least Emotionally Aware Countries
CountryPercentage of Country’s
Population*
Singapore 36
Georgia 37
Lithuania 37
Russia 38
Madagascar 38
Ukraine 38
Belarus 38
Kazakhstan 38
Nepal 38
Kyrgyzstan 38
*Percentage of the country’s population who said they had experienced the full range of positive and negative emotions on the previous day.

 

It's worth noting that the least emotionally aware country (Singapore) is the only country in the world to fully incorporate emotional intelligence skill development into its public schools. Making emotional intelligence education a priority in Singapore is a relatively recent development, so perhaps the country will climb the rankings in future Gallup polls.

It is no surprise that the United States does not top the list. TalentSmart studies have also shown US deficits in emotional intelligence in comparison to other countries. A good 46% of our population is severely lacking in emotional awareness according to the Gallup study. Self-awareness is a skill that can be cultivated with effort. Let us hope more people (and countries) rise to this challenge and increase their emotional awareness.

Country% of Country’s Population*Country% of Country’s Population*
Singapore36Congo Brazzaville47
Georgia37Italy47
Lithuania37Germany47
Russia38Japan47
Madagascar38Cameroon47
Ukraine38Kenya47
Belarus38Iran47
Kazakhstan38Senegal47
Nepal38Lesotho48
Kyrgyzstan38Slovenia48
Mongolia39Malaysia48
Tajikistan39South Africa48
Vietnam40Tunisia48
Haiti40Lebanon48
Azerbaijan40Egypt48
Afghanistan40Guinea48
Bulgaria41Sweden49
Ivory Coast41United Kingdom49
Turkmenistan41Greece49
Somaliland region41Indonesia49
South Korea42Netherlands49
Benin42Switzerland49
Latvia42Jordan49
Moldova42Ghana49
Rwanda42Syria49
Bangladesh42Nigeria50
Kosovo42Denmark50
Burundi42Trinidad and Tobago50
Burkina Faso42Thailand50
Croatia43Israel50
Libya43Jamaica50
Estonia43Finland50
Congo Kinshasa43Cambodia50
Botswana43Mexico50
Macedonia44Saudi Arabia50
Mozambique44Kuwait50
Liberia44Luxembourg50
Armenia44Australia50
Uzbekistan44Portugal50
Czech Republic44Palestinian Territories50
Serbia44Iraq51
Comoros44Uruguay51
Central African Republic44Ireland51
Bosnia and Herzegovina44Mauritius51
Gabon44Paraguay51
India44Brazil51
Yemen45Panama51
Chad45New Zealand52
Turkey45Swaziland52
Djibouti45Venezuela52
Sierra Leone45Angola52
Morocco45Argentina52
Algeria45Belgium52
Niger46Malta52
Montenegro46France52
Hong Kong46United Arab Emirates52
Zambia46Cyprus52
Zimbabwe46Honduras52
Romania46Qatar53
China46Spain53
Slovakia46United States54
Mauritania46Nicaragua54
Taiwan46Peru54
Tanzania46Dominican Republic54
Albania46Ecuador54
Pakistan46Bolivia54
Hungary46Guatemala54
Malawi46Canada54
Poland46Costa Rica54
Laos47Chile54
Mali47Colombia55
Sudan47Oman55
Austria47Bahrain56
Togo47El Salvador57
Sri Lanka47Philippines60
Uganda47    
*Percentage of the country’s population who said they had experienced the full range of positive and negative emotions on the previous day.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Travis Bradberry, Ph.D.

Dr. Travis Bradberry is the award-winning co-author of the #1 bestselling book, Emotional Intelligence 2.0, and the cofounder of TalentSmart, the world's leading provider of emotional intelligence tests and training, serving more than 75% of Fortune 500 companies. His bestselling books have been translated into 25 languages and are available in more than 150 countries. Dr. Bradberry has written for, or been covered by, Newsweek, BusinessWeek, Fortune, Forbes, Fast Company, Inc., USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The Harvard Business Review.

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